Doing business in Berlin V: Incorporating in Germany

How to manage legal issues is one of the most common questions for new companies arriving in the city, and also one of the bigger fears. But for people who have already gone through the process, it was not a barrier and they remember it as a single step in the development of their business.

Doing business in Berlin IV: market and trends

Getting the numbers of the market is quite complicated. When you read different sources you may get contradictory information, and the scene is constantly changing so that it’s difficult to keep them updated. Here is a first approach. The entrepreneurial ecosystem of Berlin has between 1,800 and 3,000 startups, more than 50 acceleration programs and more

Doing business in Berlin III: coworking and accelerators

As in many other cities coworking is more than a trend, it’s a reality. There are many places where you can work in many different ways: part or full time, flex or fixed, or with your own office. Personally I think it’s much better working from one of them than staying at home, in order

Doing business in Berlin II: events and networking

One of the best things about Berlin, in being a hub for startups, is the incredible amount of events happening every day and the number of startup-related people you can meet here. Also the level of professionalism is quite high and you can learn a lot. There are a lot of events – more than 150

Doing business in Berlin I

Berlin is an amazing place, and not really complicated to get into, at least not in the beginning. Probably the first question is about the language: no worries. In the startup world English is enough, and of course for daily life German is useful, but it’s not a barrier if you don’t know it.

Final thoughts about how to run hardware startups

Don’t be afraid. A text like this usually highlights complications and problems that I would prefer to call challenges. Many of the successful projects didn’t have any clue about all the phases they should pass through. They just started working and discovered each time the next step to be solved and they did it.

The team and partners in hardware startups

In startups we always say “team is the key” and here, of course, it’s true.  Many  different profiles are needed, and it’s so difficult to have all of them from the beginning. Really, you’re not going to need everyone at the same time, so you can be creating different teams for different phases of the

The fine line between hardware and software in the hardware industry

In this document I talk a lot about hardware, but now every product has an interface, or even an app that controls it. And that involves software, coding (probably back-end and front-end), design, usability… Software creation is also a strategy to differentiate your product from potential copies. Despite patents, any hardware device could be copied, but

How to validate and test the market in hardware startups

Sometimes we’re in a trap: without units there’s no validation, and you shouldn’t build more units without validation. Here it’s important to highlight that experiments could be done with interviews, smoke products, non-functional products, simulating by hand what machines will do automatically… so you can learn a lot without actual products.

Crowdfunding and hardware startups II

This is a follow-up to last week’s post It’s an important topic, so there’s a lot of information. I think many people love crowdfunding, and they are happy with not only for being a customer, but also for supporting new ideas. But it’s quite obvious, also for customers, that crowdfunding is based on promised, so confidence